What are the following actions to take when you’ve identified a WhatsApp message as spam?
1. How to Report a WhatsApp Number
WhatsApp Business allows businesses to communicate with their customers via the WhatsApp interface. Using the WhatsApp Business function for bulk messaging or unsolicited contact is against WhatsApp’s agreements.
Since the beginning of 2020, WhatsApp has looked to take rule violations quite seriously:
Our products are not intended for bulk or automated messaging, both of which have always been a violation of our Terms of Service. Beginning on December 7, 2019, WhatsApp will take legal action against those we determine are engaged in or assisting others in abuse that violates our Terms of Service, such as automated or bulk messaging […] even if that determination is based on information solely available to us off our platform.
You should file a WhatsApp report right away if you get an unsolicited message from a business account. By accessing the chat, touching on the sender’s name, and scrolling down to Report Contact, you can report a spam number.
But what happens if you make a WhatsApp report? Regrettably, we have no way of knowing. WhatsApp will be able to see a log of your interactions and other connected data due to encryption, but they will not be able to read the contents of the message.
WhatsApp has merely stated that it will “initiate an investigation.” If the sender’s account is determined to be in violation of the Terms of Service, it may be suspended or banned.
Remember that banning numbers is just one way to improve the security of your WhatsApp account.
2. How to Block Someone on WhatsApp
By opening a message, clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner, and selecting More > Block, you can block WhatsApp accounts.
3. Restrict Who Can Add You to Groups
Spam in groups is a major problem. Whether it’s an overly eager friend who has your phone number or a scammer halfway around the world, you’ll frequently find yourself added to groups you don’t want to be a member of.
WhatsApp introduced a new privacy feature in 2019 that allows you to control who can add you to new groups. Everyone, My Contacts, and My Contacts Except are the three options offered. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups to get started.